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Dixon v. CEC Entertainment, Inc. d/b/a Chuck E. Cheese, 2008 WL 2986422 (App. Div., August 6, 2008)

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Punitive Damages Not Appropriate in Negligent Hiring/Retention Case Where Employer Had No Reason to Believe Employee Was a Danger to Customers.

Ogletree Deakins • September 10, 2008
In this case, the Court affirmed a jury’s decision not to award punitive damages against the employer, where the employee attacked a patron with a 10-inch knife following an argument, after which his co-workers retrieved and tried to dispose of the knife. Plaintiff, the victim of the attack, claimed the employer should be punished for ignoring the employee’s “FEAR ME” tattoo, which violated company policy; for refusing to make him remove it promptly; and for hiring him without references and without obtaining a social security number.